Frederick Douglass' life spanned nearly eighty years, from the time that slavery was universal in American states to the time it was becoming a memory. Douglass freed himself from slavery and through decades of tireless efforts he helped to free millions more.
In 1877 Frederick Douglass purchased a home in Washington, DC, and named it Cedar Hill. The building was authorized on September 5, 1962, as the Frederick Douglass Home and re-designated on February 12, 1988, as the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site.
The Frederick Douglass National Historic Site is dedicated to preserving the legacy of the most famous 19th century African American. His life was a testament to the courage and persistence that serves as an inspiration to those who struggle in the cause of liberty and justice.
Visitors to the site learn about his efforts to abolish slavery and his struggle for rights for all oppressed people.